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“Wherever you go and whatever you do, May the luck of the Irish be there with you.” ~ Irish Blessing

June 23, 2018

It was another bright, beautiful morning filled with sunshine and we headed out on our next adventure and said goodbye to Dingle, perhaps my most favorite town on this trip! Our first “ninja stop” was to visit a memorial to Tom Crean, an Irishman who left home at the age of fifteen to join the Royal Navy.  He was a member of three major expeditions to Antarctica and received the Albert Medal for Lifesaving during one expedition.

 

We stopped for another photo stop in West Kerry, where the landscape was also stunning.  This place is sometimes referred to as the Valley of the Mad.  People would travel there to drink water from some wells to cure mental illness.  It was later found that some of the water contained high levels of lithium which might explain the results.  Again, the views were beautiful especially on the clear sunny day with which we were blessed.

It was a day with more travel time but we soon arrived at the rose garden of Tralee. which is exquisite.  There are so many varieties of roses, yet the scent is not overwhelming.  It was amazing.

 

 

Skip and I took a moment for a photo-op on such a lovely day in such a lovely setting.

 

“My wild Irish Rose, the sweetest flower that grows.
You may search everywhere, but none can compare with my wild Irish Rose.”

~Daniel O’Donnell from My Wild Irish Rose 

We stopped for a delicious lunch in Listowel before taking the Shannon ferry (very civilized and fast) from Kerry to Clare.

 

We arrived at our final tour for the day at the Cliffs of Moher.  They are stunning sea cliffs located in southwestern County Clare.  They are among the most visited tourist sites in Ireland.  From the cliffs, and from atop the tower, visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galaway Bay.   The views from the over 700 feet height on a clear sunny day are dazzling.

 “May the sun shine all day long, everything go right and nothing wrong. May those you love bring love back to you, and may all the wishes you wish come true.”

~ Irish Blessing

Of course every amazing place deserves an “I was there” photo.  (Sorry no photo of Gary and Peggy, as they were off ahead of us as they did not have to stop to catch their breath from the climb).

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